And what IS that secret solution?
(Drum Roll Please.........)
The "secret solution" is THE TRUTH....
.....which is something you probably don't want to hear. I get it.
Listen up: if you're injured, you've got a real problem. No, it isn't life or death.....but because you love to run, it's a real problem.
And the solution to your problem ISN'T as easy as just "resting and letting it heal."
Yes, the words, "I'll just rest it and let it heal" is, without a doubt, the most common strategic response I hear from injured runners, on how they will solve their injury woes.
Allowing time for your body to rest and heal is hardly ever a bad idea, but it is foolish to believe (or hope, or pray) that simply resting and taking time away from running is all you need to overcome your injury. Hardly ever works that way, I'm sorry to say.
There is only one way that works, based on my over 30 years of experience as a runner, triathlete, coach, and running biomechanics expert who's performed hundreds of gait analysis on injured athletes:
Until you determine the reasons WHY the injury occured, and then address that cause at its root level, your injury will likely return once you resume running.
The choice is always yours. You can keep beating your head against a wall and living with some level of pain on a daily basis. You can keep throwing money away on race entry fees for races you never end up actually doing. The choice is always yours.
Doc and I are here to help, when you're finally ready to SOLVE your problem and enjoy running for the rest of your life.
Make it a great day!
ps: The 2nd most common response I hear from injured runners is that they'll go to see their orthopedic doctor. Really? Remember my friends, while there are many good orthopedists out there, their primary gig is using sharp toys to cut you. For many, it isn't on helping you to address the movement oriented issues that are very likely the cause of the injury. Think about it!